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Politically, Mr. Dean is a member of the Republican party, and is a man
of much force and character. He served two years on the city council, when
he was elected mayor in April, 191 5, a position which he now occupies. He


is giving the residents of the place a clean and business-like administration.
Starting life for himself as a mere boy, without funds and without influence,
he came to realize, early in life, the advantage of a hustling and progressive
spirit. He feels that the same policy applies to corporations and civic gov-
ernments as well. By applying his individual methods in the government
of his home city, he hopes to make the city better. He believes in substantial
public improvements — those that will benefit the greater number of people. He
is opposed to class legislation, and only those improvements that are of bene-
fit to the whole people receive his approval. Good streets, good schools and
the suppression of those enterprises that have an evil influence on the moral
standard of the community, engage his hearty co-operation and support.
Today, the city is recognized as one of the progressive residential cities of this
part of the state, and the schools are regarded as being of the best class.

On Januar}' 22, 1901, Aubrey R. Dean was united in marriage to Blanche
Drake, who was born at Dumont, Colorado, on December 25, 1880, and is
the daughter of Joseph E. and Mary (Chinn) Drake. Her parents came to
Blue Rapids when she was but a child, and here the father was mining foreman
for the United States Gypsum Company for a good many years. His wife
died on February 20, 191 6, and he is now living in Arizona.

To Mr. and Mrs. Dean have been born the following children : George,
Ruth, Dorris and Rollin, whose ages are, respectively, thirteen, nine, seven
and two years. Mr. and Mrs. Dean are prominent in the activities of the
city and are held in the highest regard. Mr. Dean is a member of the Masonic
blue lodge, a Knight Templar and a Shriner, also a member of the Modern
Woodmen of America.


George Heiserman, one of the well-known and successful farmers and
stockmen of Balderson township, Marshall county, was born in the state of
Illinois on December 12, 1866, the son of Fred and Mary (Hund) Heiserman.

Fred Heiserman was born in Germany on January 25, 1834, and received
his education in the schools of his native land and there grew to manhood
and engaged in farm work. At the age of twenty-one years, he decided to
come to America, where he felt that he might obtain a home for himself. In
1855, after a long and stormy voyage he landed at the port of New York,
among strangers and without financial support. He at once continued his
journey to Illinois, where he worked for some years as a farm hand. Here


he was nian-ic<l to Mai")- lluiul, who was horn in 1847 '^^'^^ *^li^'^i ^'^ 1909.
SoDii after their marriage they came to Kansas with horses and wagon, and
homesteaded eighty acres of land in Balderson township, Marshall county.
This place was later developed and improved and in time was increased to
two hundred and forty acres.

To Fred and Mary He'iserman were born the following children : Henry,
a resident of Liberty, Nebraska; William, a resident of Oklahoma; Jacob,
of Norton county, Kansas; William; John, now of Oklahoma; Fred, a resi-
dent of Smith county; Edd, a farmer of Balderson township; Charles, a
farmer of Richland township; Albert, on the home farm; Walter, a farmer of
Marshall county; Anna, the wife of Ed. Ringen, of Richland township; Rosa,
the wife of William Ringen, and Lillie, the wife of John Wagner, of Rich-
land township. Air. and Mrs. Heiserman always took much interest in the
services of the Lutheran church and were ever held in high regard in their
home community. Mr. Heiserman is identified with the Democratic party
and has always taken much interest in local affairs, and has had much to do
with the the civic life of the township.

George Heiserman received his education in the public schools and grew
to manhood on the home farm, where as a lad he assisted with the work on
the farm. He remained at home until he was twenty-two years of age, after-
which he operated a well-drilling machine for a time and was later engaged
in a butcher shop at Liberty, Nebraska. He then returned to his old home
and helped his father with the fall crops, harvesting the grain that he had
planted. After having completed his work at the old home, he was engaged
for some months by a Mr. Reese in Nebraska as a farm hand. He then
came to Marshall county, where he rented a farm in Balderson township and
engaged in general farming for one year. He was then married and for the
next two vears he rented another farm, after which he purchased eighty acres
of his father, which is now a part of his splendid farm of one hundred and
sixty acres, eighty acres of which lies in section 12 and eighty acres in section
13, Balderson towmship. He purchased a part of the farm in 1894 and the
last eighty in 1906. Since assuming possession of the place he has made
many valuable improvements and today has a most ideal country home.

On Alarch 2, 1892, George Heiserman was united in marriage to Hen-
rietta Breunsbach, who was born on December 2, 1872, the daughter of Daniel
Breunsbach and wife, natives of Germany and among the pioneer settlers of
Nebraska. To this union the following children were born : Minnie, Ray,
Freddie Daniel and Famie M. Minnie H. was born on July 17, 1893, and
is now the wife of Sigmund Oehm, they having been married on December


II, 1912, and are now well established in their home in the county; Ray was
born on April 13, 1895; Freddie Daniel was born on February 8, 1902, and
Famie M. was born on March 31, 1906. Henrietta Heiserman died on July
31, 1 9 14, after a useful life and one devoted to her family and friends. She
and Mr. Heiserman were members of the Evangelical Lutheran church and
were prominent in the social and the religious life of the community. Mr.
Heiserman is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and is identified
with the Republican party and has always taken a keen interest in the civic
life of the township and county.


Frank A. Scanlan, a well-known and substantial farmer and stockman
of Marshall county, who makes his home at Axtell and from that point looks
after the affairs of his farms in Guittard township and in St. Bridget town-
ship, is a native of the state of West Virginia, but has been a resident of
Kansas practically all the time since the days of his early childhood, having
come to this county with his parents when he was but three years of age.
He was born in West Virginia on January 17, 1867. son of Thomas and
Catherine (Broderick) Scanlan, the former a native of Ireland and the latter
of Virginia, who came to Kansas in 1870 and became counted among the
early settlers of Marshall county, where they spent their last days.

Thomas Scanlan was born in Ireland in 1830 and was nineteen years
of age when, in 1849, ^^^ came to the United States and settled in Massa-
chusetts, whence he presently moved to Virginia, where he was living when
the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in one of the Virginia regiments of,
the Confederate army and served for four years or until the close of the war.
In that state he married Catherine Broderick, who was Ijorn in 1837 in that
part of the Old Dominion now comprised in West Virginia, and in 1870 he
and his family came to Kansas and located in St. Bridget township, this
county, where Thomas Scanlan bought a partly-improved farm and estab-
lished his home. Ten years later, in 1880, he moved over into the neighbor-
ino- countv of Nemaha and settled on a farm three miles east of Axtell, where
he lived until icto2, ^vhen he returned to this county and located at Axtell,
where he and his wife spent the rest of their lives, his death occurring in
1911 and hers on September 3, 1916. During Thomas Scanlan's years of
activitv in this part of the state he became a large landowner and at the time
of his death was the proprietor of three quarter sections of land, all of which


had been l)r(nii];iit to a hiij^li state of deNelopnient. lie and his wife were
members of St. Bridget's Cathohc clmrch and ardent snpporters of the same
and their children were reared in the faitli of that church. There were


thirteen of tlicsc cliiUh-cn, of whom the subject of this sketch was the sixth
in order of l)irtli, the others Ijeing as follow: James B., who died at San
Diego, California. February 15, 1916; William H., who is on the old home
farm north of Baileyville, over in Nemaha county ; Emmet, who died in Texas
on September 2, 1902; Sister Virvina, who was in the St. Scholasticas convent
at Atchison and who died on March 23, 1913; Thomas E., who is a general
foreman in the shops of the Illinois Central Railroad Company at Chicago ;
.Mrs. Bryan Waters, who lives on a farm four miles west of Axtell, in Mur-
ray township: Sister Genevieve, who is in the St. Scholasticas convent at
Atchison ; Sister Aurelia, a member of the Order of St. Scholasticas, who is
now teaching at Argentine, this state; Benjamin F., a farmer, of Axtell;
Cora, who is keeping house for her brother, Frank A., at Axtell; John B., a
stockman in Sioux county, Nebraska, and J. Paul, who is with the Omaha
Grain Exchange at Omaha, Nebraska.

As noted above, Frank A. Scanlan was but three years of age when his
parents came from West Virginia to Kansas and he grew up on the paternal
farm, thoroughly familiar with pioneer conditions of living. Until he was
thirty years of age he remained with his father, a valued assistant in the labor
of developing the latter's extensive farming interests, and then went to Cali-
fornia, where he spent a year. He then located at Omaha, where he was
engaged in the employ of the Union Pacific railroad for ten years, at the end
of which time, in 1908, he returned to Marshall county and has since then
been engaged in looking- after his extensive farming interests, making his
home at Axtell. Mr. Scanlan is the owner of a fine farm of two hundred
and ninety acres in Guittard township, two miles south and six miles west of
Axtell, and a quarter section in St. Bridget township and a ciuarter section in
Nemaha county, part of the old home farm, all of which farms he has brought
up to a high state of cultivation.

On December 17, 1906. while living at. Omaha, Frank A. Scanlan was
united in marriage to Orilla May Butterfield, daughter of Doctor and Mrs.
Butterfield, of tliat city, and who died on April 22, 1907, a little more than
four months after her marriage, at the age of twenty-nine years. Mr. Scan-
lan is a Democrat. He is a member of the Catholic church and of the Knights
of Columbus. He takes a proper interest in the general business afi^airs of
his home town and is regarded as one of Axtell's substantial and public-
spirited citizens.



Two of the well-established farmers and stockmen of Oketo township,
Marshall county, are the Hermann Brothers, Henry and Herman, the sons
of John and Johanna Hermann, natives of Germany and Springfield, Illi-
nois, respectively.

. John Hermann received his education in the land of his nativity, where
he was born on October lo, 1875. As a young man he decided to come to
America, and on his arrival in this country he located in Illinois, where he
remained for a time and then came to Nebraska. Here he homesteaded in
Nemaha county some time before the Civil War and had entered upon the
task of developing and improving his farm. At the outbreak of the war, he
enlisted in a Nebraska regiment in the defense of the flag of his adopted
country. He saw much active service and was taken prisoner in Texas and
for six months he did time in one of the Southern prisons. At the time of
his capture he had over four hundred dollars sewed in his shirt, which was
later taken by his captors. At the close of the war, and when he received his
discharge he came to Kansas, where he purchased three hundred and twenty
acres of land in Oketo township, Marshall county, where the sons now live.

On his return form the war, Mr. Hermann was married and to them
thirteen children were born, nine of whom are still living, as follow: John,
Mary, Anna, Henry, Herman, Emma, Fred, Richard and Frank. John is a
resident of Nuckolls county, Nebraska ; Mary Remmers, is also a resident of
Nebraska, where her husband is a farmer and stockman. Her sister, Anna,
resides with her. Emma Bentley is residing in Oketo township, as is her
brother, Richard ; Fred is engaged in farming and Frank is a resident of
Wymore. Mr. Hermann died in 1896 and his widow is now living at
Wymore, Nebraska. They were long members and ardent workers in the
Lutheran church and were prominent in the social life of the community,
where they were held in the highest regard.

Of the two brothers, Flenry was born on December 26, 1872, and Her-
man on October 10, 1875, on the old homestead in Marshall county, Kansas.
Henry was united in marriage on April i, 1904, to Grace Remmers, who was
born in Germany on July 21, 1879, and is the daughter of Glaus and Lena
Remmers. When the daughter, Grace, was ten years old the family came
to Marshall county, and the ])arents are now living in Oketo township. To
Henrv and Grace Hermann one child has been born, Johanna, whose birth
occurred on June 16, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Hermann are active members of


the Lutlicran church and arc aiiioii^- the prominent people of the conimunity.
Henrv and Hernian Hermann are identified with the Repu1)Hcan party,
and are intUiential in local affairs; they are stockholders of the co-operative
store and of the elevator company at Oketo.


August J. Carlson, a native of Sweden, and now one of the best-known
and most successful farmers and stockmen of Blue Rapids township, Mar-
shall county, was born on July 24, 1868, the son of John and Christine

John and Christine Carlson were also natives of Sweden and received
their education in the schools of that country. They were of the laboring
class and grew to manhood and womanhood amid the environments of their
home people. In 1869 they decided that they would come to the United
States, where many of their countrymen had come, who had met with suc-
cess. Mr. and Mrs. Carlson were ambitious to obtain a home of their own
for themselves and those dependent upon them. With a feeling of confii-
dence that by hard work and close economy they could and would secure
their home in the new land, they sailed for America. On landing in this
country they at once came to Kansas, and established their home at Irving,
Marshall county. For the first three years the father worked as a laborer,
after which he homesteaded his farm in Bigelow township. For two years
the familv lived in a dugout, and though the conditions were not the most
pleasant, the father and mother were happy in the thought that at last they
had realized their ambition in the possession of a home. A saw-mill was
later started on the ri\er, near the farm, and there Mr. Carlson engaged as
a mill hand, in order to get lumber w^ith which to build him a house, which
was later accomplished, and the siding on the house then built is of walnut.

Bv hard work and close economy, Mr. and Mrs. Carlson put their farm
under a high state of cultivation and made many valuable and substantial
improvements. On this farm the mother died in 1886 and here the father
engaged in general farming with success until the time of his death in
1899. Thev were excellent people and were held in the highest regard by
all who knew them. They were the parents of the following children:
Alfred, Anna, Justine, Jo.sephine, Hattie, Augusta and August J. Alfred,
now deceased, was for a number of years a printer at Irving and was later






with a queensware company at Atchison and died at St. Joe in 1896. Anna
Johnson, who is a widow, is a successful druggist at Kansas City. She has
two sons, one, the successful proprietor of a hotel and the other a traveling
salesman. Justine is the widow of Doctor West, a former successful physi-
cian of Irving. She is now with a son, who is a banker in Idaho. Josephine
married Doctor Chase, of Irving, who later moved to San Diego, CaHfornia;
he died at Los Angeles ten years ago and Mrs. Chase died in the spring of
19 1 6. Hattie kept the home for the father and brother, August, for a
number of years and now lives at Irving. Augusta was a successful teacher
and taught school for twenty-five years in Irving.

August J. Carleson came to the United States with his parents when
he was but one year old. He was reared in the vicinity of Irving, and there
received his education in the schools of that place. As a young man he
engaged in farm work, and in 1891, he w^nt to California with Doctor
Chase and remained there for one year, returning to Marshall county in
1892. The following year he engaged in the live-stock business, at which
he remained for four years. For the next twelve years he operated a meat
market with success. He was then engaged to manage the estate of Mrs.
C. M. Palmer, consisting of one hundred and eighty acres of splendid land
in Bigelow township. He employs from one to three men in the operation
of the place. He has recently erected a splendid business block in Irving,
where he owns the blacksmith shop and the meat market. For the past
twenty years he has been a dealer in ice in his home town.

On June 9, 1896, August J. Carlson was united in marriage to Mary
Reddington, who was born at Atchison, Kansas, in 1870, and is the daugh-
ter of James Reddington and wife. To this union the following children
have been born : Margaret, Alfred, John, Fred, and Victor. Margaret
is a graduate of the Irving high school, having completed her course in that
institution with the class of 1916. Alfred is a junior in the high school
and John is a freshman ; Fred is in the seventh grade and Victor is in the
second grade'. Mr. and Mrs. Carlson are prominent members of the Epis-
copal church and take much interest in the services of that denomination, of
which they are substantial supporters. They have long been prominent in
the social and the religious life of the district, and have many friends who
hold them in the highest esteem.

Politically, Mr. Carlson is identified with the Republican party, and
has always taken a keen interest in the civic afifairs of his home city. He
has served as a member of the citv council, where he gave valuable services.


Being a man of broad views and progressive ideas, his official life was suc-
cessful. He is a prominent member of the Knights of Pythias, the Modern
Woodmen of America and the Anti-Horse-thief Association. He has been
a member of the first lodge for twenty-five years and is a past chancellor
and has represented his lodge at the grand lodge. Mr. Carlson is a repre-
sentative citizen and his active life has been a most successful one; he is
recognized as one of the substantial men of the county.


John H. Krug, one of the well-known and successful young men of
Marshall county, was born in Washington county, Kansas, on January 18,
1890, the son of John and Ida (Kasneck) Krug.

John Krug was born in i860 in Pennsylvania, where he was reared on
the farm and educated in the public schools of the district. At the age of
seventeen years he engaged as a farm hand, working by the month for twelve
years. He then purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Washing-
ton county, Kansas, which he developed and improved and where he engaged
in general farming and stock raising for ten years, when he sold the farm and
bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Phillips county, Kansas, his
present home. In addition to general farming he is an extensive breeder
of high-grade draft horses, in which he has been most successful.

Ida (Kasneck) Krug was born in Germany in 1853 ^"*^1 was reared in
a village of that country and received her education in the local schools. At
the age of fourteen years, she came to the United States with her parents and
located in Washington county, Kansas, where she grew to womanhood and
was married in 1887. She continued to live in that county until the time
of her death in 1895. Mr. and Mrs. Krug were the parents of three children
as follow: Walter, John H. and Rudolph. Walter is employed by the
Standard Oil Company and is stationed at St. Joe, Missouri, and Rudolph is
a brakeman on the Grand Island railroad with headquarters at Hastings,
Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Krug were reared in the faith of the German
Lutheran church and Mr. Krug is now an active member of that denomina-
tion. Politicallv, he is identified with the Republican party and takes much
interest in local afi^airs and is at present a member of the school board of his
home district.

His mother having died when he was but five years of age, John H.


Kriig was reared by Margurete Ramar, in whose home he remained until he
was sixteen years of age. His early life was spent on the farm and he
received his education in the local schools. As a lad he learned telegraphy
and was later appointed station agent at Endicott. The first year he was
relief man and during that time he worked at twelve different stations for the
Grand Island railroad. For a year he was at Powells, Nebraska, as agent,
when he was transferred to Hanover as operator, and after a year at that
place, he served as agent at Bremen, for five years before assuming his present
position as agent at Herkimer. Here he has a relief man and devotes much
of his time to the automobile business. In 1913 he erected a building, four-
teen by twenty feet, opposite the depot and established a garage and handled
second-hand cars for a year. He then built a brick block, thirty-two by
twenty-two feet, on the same location and handled the Ford and Dodge cars
for Charles Travelute, of Marysville. After two years he took the agency
for the Saxon automobile and discontinued the sale of the Ford and Dodge
cars. In April, 19 16, he built a two-story iron-clad garage, thirty-eight by
sixty-four feet, on Main street. The upper part of the building is used as a
public hall and the lower part for the automobile business. His garage is
one of the finest in this section and he has the greatest floor space of any
garage in the town. He has a well-established business and during the first
part of 191 6 he sold ten carloads of Saxon cars and fifty Chevrolet cars since
January i.

In addition to his extensive automobile interests, Mr. Krug has much
property in the town, owning four good business places, many vacant lots and
a fine residence. In 191 4 he installed an electric light plant and has the con-
tract for lighting the city, and has lights in nearly all the buildings in the
place. He also owns and conducts a modern and up-to-date pool and billiard
parlor, which is managed in such a manner as to receive the approval of the
greater portion of the resident population.

On Mav 10, 1914, John H. Krug was united in marriage to Freda Ida
Minder, the daughter of Adolph and Rosa (Kohler) Minder. The parents
were natives of Switzerland, where the father was born in i860 and the
mother in 1859. Their early lives were spent in their home village and there
they were educated in the public schools. After reaching their majority they
were married in 1888 and continued to reside in the land of their birth until
1891, when they came to the United States, locating at Home City, Kansas.
As a young man, Mr. Minder learned the saddlery trade and on coming to
Home City he established a harness shop, which he conducted for twelve
years, when he sold the place and moved to Herkimer, where he built a sub-


stiintial residence and harness shoj) and continned in the hnsiness until his
death in 1906. Siiice the death of her husband, Mrs. Minder has made her
home with Mr. and !\Irs. Krui^-. Politically, Mr. Minder was identified with
the Democratic partv and took much interest in local affairs. He and his
wife were reared in the faith of the German Lutheran church and were
prominent in all church work. They were the parents of two children, Freda
Ida, who was born in Switzerland on September 10, 1890, and Adolph, born

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